Cold Weather training

Cold Weather Training is a Norwegian-led winter exercise. The main purpose of the annual winter exercise is to put Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors and airmen through their paces in one of the most demanding environments.

It is one of the most challenging and unpredictable environments in the world, snowbound for months at a time and full of life threatening hazards - but for the Royal Marines it is a home from home.

Every year elements of the Royal Marines and Royal Navy leave the UK and move briefly to Norway's Arctic Circle where they undergo training in cold weather warfare.

Participants will rehearse deploying and using military reaction forces in an area of crisis where they have to handle scenarios from high intensity warfare to terror threats and mass demonstrations.

The skills and lessons learned in the mountains and fjords of Norway can then be applied to any environment in which the Royal Navy or Royal Marines may have to operate in the future.

Thousands of personnel from various countries can participate in this training exercise including Canada, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Finland, Spain and Denmark.

What we are doing

Training to fight and win in harsh and unpredictable environments

Why we are there

Skills learnt in this environment can be applied to any future theatre of operation

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Navy comes in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Norway

HMS Iron Duke

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HMS Sutherland

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847 Naval Air Squadron

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42 Commando

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